Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin)
Why we need: This essential vitamin is a key energy-producing nutrient that supports a heightened mood, better focus, enhanced memory, and sustained alertness . It also promotes red blood cell health by reinforcing oxygen transport, a vital process that targets fatigue . Additionally, regular vitamin B12 supplementation boosts nerve function and supports skin, hair, and nail health for whole-body nutrition [3, 4].
Plant-Based Sources for Vitamin B12
- Nutritional Yeast
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4. O'Leary F, Samman S. Vitamin B12 in health and disease. Nutrients. 2010 Mar;2(3):299-316.
Vitamin D3 (Vitashine ™ cholecalciferol from lichen)
Why we need: The body needs a daily supply of Vitamin D3 for proper absorption and transportation of calcium to the muscles and bones . A vitamin D3 deficiency is linked to brittle bones and muscle weakness . Maintaining healthy levels of vitamin D3 also supports immune system function, which helps the body fight common issues quickly . This key ingredient is derived from lichen, an algal and fungal organism, to support plant-based diets.
Plant-Based Sources for Vitamin D3
- Fortified plant-based milk
6. Allain TJ, Dhesi J. Hypovitaminosis D in older adults. Gerontology. 2003;49:273-278.
7. Laaksi I, Ruohola JP, Mattila V, et al. Vitamin D supplementation for the prevention of acute respiratory tract infection: a randomized, double-blinded trial among young Finnish men. J Infect Dis. 2010;202(5):809-14.
Vitamin K2 (as menaquinone)
Why we need: Vitamin K2 works synergistically with D3 to transport calcium for strong bones, robust muscles, and enhanced heart function . Furthermore, the combination of vitamin K2 and D3 (menaquinone) enhances red blood cell health [8, 9]. The body needs a daily supply of both K2 and D3 for long-term health.
Plant-Based Sources for Vitamin K2
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9. Geleijnse JM, et al. Dietary intake of menaquinone is associated with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease: the Rotterdam Study. J Nutr 2004;134(11):3100-5.
Omega-3 DHA (as Life’s omega ™ 60 from marine algae )
Why we need: DHA or Docosahexaenoic acid, is an essential omega-3 fatty acid that is an important structural component for almost all cells in the body . Omega-3s provide energy and are a rich source of signaling proteins called eicosanoids that offer heart, brain, lung, hormonal, joint, and immune support [10, 11]. Regular supplementation with DHA is particularly beneficial toward targeting mental health and cardiovascular issues [10, 11]. DHA is derived from marine algae for plant-based nutritional support.
Plant-Based Sources for Omega 3
- Chia Seeds
- Brussel Sprouts
- Algal Oil
10. Lauritzen L, Brambilla P, Mazzocchi A, Harsløf LB, Ciappolino V, Agostoni C. DHA Effects in Brain Development and Function. Nutrients. 2016; 8(1): 6.
11. Bradbury J, Myers SP, Oliver C. An adaptogenic role for omega-3 fatty acids in stress; a randomised placebo controlled double blind intervention study. Nutrition Journal. 2004;3:20-10.
Iodine (from potassium iodine)
Why we need: Potassium iodine is an essential mineral that is primarily found in thyroid hormones . Regular iodine supplementation supports optimal thyroid function by heightening the body’s production and use of important hormones [12, 13].
Plant-Based Sources for Iodine
- Whole Grains
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13. Bahn Chair RS, Burch HB, Cooper DS, et al. Hyperthyroidism and other causes of thyrotoxicosis: management guidelines of the American Thyroid Association and American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. Thyroid. 2011;21(6):593-646.
Iron ( as TRAACS ™ ferrochel ferrouts bisglycinate chelate)
Why we need: Iron is an essential mineral that promotes red blood cell development . This means that it supports the health of cells throughout the body, including the brain, heart, and other vital organs. It also helps boost energy levels, physical performance, and mental clarity by heightening oxygen transfer [15, 16].
Ferrochel® (ferrous bisglycinate) is a patented chelated form of non-heme iron that passes through the stomach and small intestine without breaking apart. It has been shown to be more effectively absorbed than other types of iron chelate in healthy people with different iron levels.
Plant-Based Sources for Iron
- Nuts and Seeds
- Collard Greens
14. Abbaspour N, Hurrell R, Kelishadi R. Review on iron and its importance for human health. J Res Med Sci. 2014;19(2):164-74.
15. Lieu PT, Heiskala M, Peterson PA, Yang Y. The roles of iron in health and disease. Mol Aspects Med. 2001;2:1-87.
16. Pasricha SR, Low M, Thompson J, et al. Iron supplementation benefits physical performance in women of reproductive age: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Nutr. 2014 Jun;144(6):906-14.
Zinc ( as Zinc Citrate )
Why we need: Zinc enhances red blood cell health, metabolism, and energy production . It also strengthens the body’s natural defenses, particularly immune system function, by reinforcing optimal levels of white blood cells [17, 18]. A zinc deficiency is linked to a weakened immune system, hormonal imbalances, and poor energy levels for some individuals.
Plant-Based Sources for Zinc
- Hemp Seeds
- Toasted wheat germ
17. Maret W, Sandstead HH. Zinc requirements and the risks and benefits of zinc supplementation. J Trace Elem Med Biol. 2006;20:3-18.
18. Prasad AS. Zinc deficiency: its characterization and treatment. Met Ions Biol Syst, 2004;41:103-137.
Magnesium ( as TRAACS ™ magnesium glycinate chelate and magnesium oxide)
Why we need: The body needs a daily supply of magnesium for proper muscle movement . Magnesium supplementation also helps target muscle cramps that are associated with low electrolyte levels. A magnesium deficiency is linked to nervousness, worry, panic issues, and persistent fatigue [20, 21]. Accordingly, taking magnesium regularly helps boost mood, mental performance, and energy levels [19-21].
Plant-Based Sources for Magnesium
References:19. Castiglioni S, Cazzaniga A, Albisetti W, Maier JA. Magnesium and osteoporosis: current state of knowledge and future research directions. Nutrients. 2013;5(8):3022-33.
20. Boyle NB, Lawton C, Dye L. The Effects of Magnesium Supplementation on Subjective Anxiety and Stress-A Systematic Review. Nutrients. 2017;9(5).
21. Kirkland AE, Sarlo GL, Holton K. The Role of Magnesium in Neurological Disorders. Nutrients. 2018;10(6). pii: E730.
Cranberry Seed Oil
Why we need: Cranberry seed oil is a rich source of essential fatty acids (omega-3s) along with vitamins A, C, E, and K, which offers complete nutritional support for people on plant-based diets. This combination of nutrients supports skin, heart, brain, circulatory, immune, bone, and digestive health. Cranberries also contain antioxidants and acidic nutrients, including proanthocyanidins, that target urinary tract issues by blocking harmful invaders from sticking to the wall of the urinary tract .References:
22. Blumberg, JB, Camesano TA, et al. Cranberries and their bioactive constituents in human health. Adv Nutr. 2013;4(6):618-632.